When I eat lucky charms sometimes the marshmallows get stuck under the spoon and when I eat it it surprises me.
She led him in the interview. She even points it out herself. Not great journalism. “How does that make you feel?” She seemed biased.
I'm not American. And I always find these episodes poignant. I think a desire for respite from political perturbations is entirely understandable, the preference to feel calm enough to move through a cherished ritual which you relied on as a space of non-taxing socio-cultural reflection and discovery without a sense of impending fatal cacophany, seems relatable.
I always cherished how this show gave us cause, space, means and entertainement enough to empathize and relate to what might not otherwise be our experience. It was the story of the spider and their web on the otherside of a tree we shared.
I think its important to percieve the comments people make on these shows with that same unconditional curious empathy. It helps us become more aware of what is constructing what influences what affects us, which means we can cultivate its best condition.
I think people would argue the inheirant condition of 'American'. Which isn't a thing, unless its a thing for all 3 continents and its people. And I think thats the point of TAL, being American is a big big complicated nuanced thing, they want to show that in all of its ways. I enjoy that.
It's called This AMERICAN Life, not Your Comfortable and Subtly Funny Life. Being American is inherently political - unless your privilege shields you from having to care. Love this program, always have and probably always will.
Megan Amort Here is the problem with singular topics, it loses all value with chicken little "the sky is falling" rhetoric. we live in turbulent times, we always have, but a little brevity is long over due.
Pat Maloney Nice psychoanalysis, freud
For fucks sake, can we get ONE episode that doesn't get political? You guys used to be one of my favorite shows. Now it just feels like you're pushing agendas every week. I remember the days of "One last thing before I go". One of my all time favorite episodes out of all the shows I listen to. Can we please just go back to that. Also, bring back the old Kanye while you're at it.
Armando Monroy This American Life... politics is part of life. Deal with it.
Armando Monroy what was political about this episode in particular
675: I’m on TV??
674: Get a Spine!
172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple
332: The Ten Commandments
672: No Fair!
671: Anything Can Be Anything
670: Beware the Jabberwock
669: Scrambling to Get Off the Ice
668: The Long Fuse
667: Wartime Radio
666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named
665: Before Things Went to Hell
641: The Walls
664: The Room of Requirement
47: Christmas and Commerce
204: 81 Words
663: How I Read It
479: Little War on the Prairie
492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde